If you think you might be pregnant, you are likely either excited or absolutely terrified. We get it! For most women, pregnancy can seem scary. Maybe you haven’t missed your period yet, but you had unprotected sex recently and know that pregnancy is possible. And what makes it even more confusing is pregnancy symptoms can be similar to symptoms women feel right before they start their period.
But your insanely-long Googling sessions can stop now. Because we’ve got all the accurate info you could need from one of our nurses ⬇️
C R A M P S
Mild lower abdominal cramping is one of these signs. Some women experience cramps before their period but this is a very common symptom of early pregnancy too.
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Breast tenderness and enlargement can also go hand in hand with pregnancy and starting your period. However, this symptom is usually much more pronounced in pregnancy, but thankfully doesn’t last too long. Many women often claim this is the very first symptom of pregnancy they experience…even before a positive pregnancy test!
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Fatigue may also be an early sign of pregnancy. This is related to hormonal changes and the fact that your body is now undergoing many important changes.
N A U S E A
Often referred to as morning sickness, nausea is a classic sign of pregnancy. This can occur in the very early stages of pregnancy and is caused by the pregnancy hormone that is released as soon as implantation occurs. Some women even feel weak, dizzy, or vomit. You can feel bad any time of day but early mornings are typically worse for pregnant women. Thankfully morning sickness usually disappears after that first trimester!
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The urge to urinate more frequently is also a sign of pregnancy related to the production of the pregnancy hormone, HCG. This can be very annoying especially if your sleep is interrupted because you have to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
S P O T T I N G
Having a little spotting but no period in sight? So confusing! Many women experience light vaginal bleeding when they’re pregnant right around the time they would usually be expecting their period. This is often referred to as implantation bleeding and occurs when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. This usually occurs about a week after ovulation. This is not to be confused with heavy vaginal bleeding which could be a sign of a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, or simply, the start of your period.
A L L • T H E • F O O D
What about those food cravings that so many women talk about? This can actually go both ways. You may not want to eat your favorite foods anymore due to how they smell or taste. On the flip side, you may want to eat things that normally don’t appeal to you. This too can be an early sign of pregnancy or PMS.
T W O • P I N K • L I N E S
While there are many symptoms of both pregnancy and the start of your cycle, thankfully there is one almost always accurate way to tell if you are pregnant: a positive pregnancy test from a reliable, lab-quality pregnancy test. This is where we come in! Let us bring clarity to the confusion with our free lab-quality tests that are 98-99% accurate. Our tests can typically even detect pregnancy as soon as seven days after conception (!).
Bottom line: don’t panic! Many of these symptoms may mean that you’re getting ready to start your period.
But if you have missed your period or think you might be pregnant, we can help! We offer lab quality pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and nurse consultations (oh + answer all those questions driving you crazy!). All you need to do is call us to schedule an appointment or schedule your appointment online. If scheduling an appointment is difficult for you, just come on in and we’ll be happy to run a free pregnancy test and give you the answers that you’re looking for. It literally could not be easier.
Pregnancy may be scary and some of the symptoms can be confusing, but we are here to help with free, confidential medical services. We can’t wait to serve you! 💛
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